BHS April Parent Newsletter

From the Counseling Department


A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge

E-K, Ms. Bryan

L-R, Mrs. Van Winkle

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler

Continue to check the counseling website at for updated information.

Connect with the counselors

Text @blackman to 81010 to get reminders and updates from the counseling department about scholarships, college, career, registration, and important deadlines!

Graduation Requirements

English = 4 credits

Math = 4 credits

Science = 3 credits

Social Studies = 2 credits

Government/Economics = 1 credit

Fine Art = 1 credit

Personal Finance = ½ credit

Wellness = 1 ½ credit

Foreign Language = 2 credits

Elective focus (pathway) = 3 credits

Elective = 1 credit

*A total of 23 credits are needed for graduation.

School-wide ACT for Juniors

Tuesday, April 19th, 8am


Dual Enrollment Information


To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment program, students must:
1. be a junior or senior in high school;
2. have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA; or
3. have a minimum composite of 22 ACT (SAT composite of 1020); or equivalent ACT Plan test score

**Admission to MTSU and the Dual Enrollment program does not guarantee eligibility for all courses. Some courses require prerequisites and/or certain test subscores, including Math and English courses.


The tuition cost of a Dual Enrollment class is $166.00 per credit hour. This cost can be offset by the Dual Enrollment Grant, if the student applies and is ruled eligible. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA for dual enrollment courses taken to stay eligible for the grant. The student should be prepared to pay the tuition cost in advance and then be reimbursed. Other anticipated costs include textbooks, $25 application fee, online course fees, and any applicable lab fees.

Dual Enrollment Grant

The total amount of grant money per student is $1200 total for their high school career. Current juniors get $500 for class one and two, which will cover the cost of a 3 hour class ($498 total per class). Current seniors were only set to get $300 for course 1 and 2, but MTSU decided to scholarship the additional $198 for the first two classes so that they too could have class one and two covered in full.

  • Current seniors

Current seniors who have not taken two DE classes in the fall can still take advantage of this additional money provided by MTSU ($198) for the Spring term to cover class one and two in full. For class 3 and 4 they will receive $100 per credit hour leaving them a balance of $198 for class 3 and 4.

  • Current juniors

Current juniors who have already taken two classes will receive $200 for class 3 (leaving a balance of $298) and nothing for class 4 (leaving a balance of $498).

*Although class 3 and 4 seem like a lot of out-of-pocket money, in-state undergraduate tuition cost is currently $1,011 for a 3 hours course, resulting in a savings of $513 when paying the full tuition amount for a dual enrollment course.

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Did you know you can check your child's grades online through INow? Your child should have brought home a username and password at the beginning of the year. If you don't have access, stop by the attendance office for that information.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are held every Thursday in the media center from 3:30-4:30. If you would like to schedule a conference to meet with all of your student's teachers, contact their counselor to set it up. Conferences must be set up by Tuesday of the week you prefer.

Extra Help

If your child is struggling in class, encourage them to get extra help during Prime Time, which is each day from 9:16-9:47. Also, the BHS National Honor Society students tutor during Prime Time in the library. Students can get a pass to go in the library from 7:45-8:25. Click here to access the BHS tutoring brochure. Click here to access the current Library Log.

ACT Dates & Help

Test Dates:

April 9

June 11

Register online at

BHS School Code: 431636

ACT Saturday morning tutoring:

Ms. Baumann in F15, and Ms. Ailes in F9 tutor at 9:00 a.m. on the Saturdays the week before each ACT is given. When you arrive, park in the front parking lot and enter through the F hall door. This door will remain locked during the study session.

ACT help during Prime Time:

English and reading help: See Ms. Burks in C14

Math and science help: See Ms. Ailes in F9

Do you shop at Publix or Target??

Want to help the school with something you already do? Do you shop at Publix or Target??

Through the Publix Partners program, you can get a Publix card and enroll as a member of Blackman High School. A percentage of any purchase you make at Publix will come back to Blackman High School!

Through the Target REDCard program, Target will donate 1% of your purchases back to the school. Just ask your local Target to get signed up!

PTO News

  • After Prom is Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the MTSU Rec. Center.
  • After Prom tickets will be sold beginning in March. They will be $25.00 each. It isn't necessary to attend Prom to be able to attend After Prom.
  • Any donations of money and food are welcome.
  • We will need LOTS of volunteers for this event. Please email Lamonica Barnett if you are available. Her email address is

Summer School

Summer school will be held at Riverdale High School this year. If your student needs to take a class in summer school, registration is May 26th from 3-7 and May 27th from 12-4. Click here for more information.

Senior Parent's Section

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You can begin filing your FAFSA on January 1st at

Here’s a checklist on what you'll need:

You should have the following information and documents with you as you fill out the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Student’s Social Security number
  • Parent(s)’ Social Security number(s)
  • Student’s driver’s license/permit/state issued ID number (if student has one)
  • Student’s Alien Registration Number (if student is not a U.S. citizen)
  • 2015 tax information (if required to file) for student and parent(s). To complete and submit the 2016-17 FAFSA in January, use estimated tax information (i.e. 2014 tax return, 2015 W-2 information, or last paystub).
  • Records of untaxed income, such as child support received and veterans noneducation benefits, for student and parent(s)
  • Information on checking and savings account balances; investments; and business and farm assets for student and parent(s)
  • Student’s FSA ID username/password. The student may create a FSA ID username/password by visiting today or while completing the 2016-17 FAFSA.
  • Parent’s FSA ID username/password. A parent may create a FSA ID username/password by visiting today or while completing the 2016-17 FAFSA.

Tennessee Promise

Make sure your student is working on their 8 hours of community service. If your student still needs to complete the 8 hours, sign up for the Rutherford County Volunteer Days on April 9th and 23rd from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. To sign up, contact Lisbeth Couser at

Senior Newsletters

Each month, seniors get a newsletter with scholarships and other helpful information. We gave the first one out in senior meetings, and students will receive the rest at the beginning of the month in their English class. If your student's newsletter doesn't make it home, they are always posted on our counseling website in the senior class section. Our 2015-2016 College Planning Guide can also be found by visiting the website.

College Day

Your student is also allowed one college day that will count as a field trip. The process is simple. Send in a note with your student stating what school they are visiting and when. We will staple that note to a college day form that your student will get all of their teachers to sign before turning it in to the attendance office. After the visit, your student will need to bring the attendance office a letter from the admissions office stating that they went on a tour so that the visit will count as a field trip.


If your student is planning to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II college, he/she must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at This should be done as soon as possible. NCAA requires 16 core courses. Make sure your student has met those requirements by talking with their coach or counselor.


Graduation is Saturday, May 21st at 10 a.m. at MTSU's Murphy Center. For more information, visit